Walgreens recognizes the important role of its more than 27,000 pharmacists this October

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of American Pharmacists Month, Walgreens is recognizing its more than 27,000 community pharmacists for their dedication to patient care, and the growing and important role they continue to play in health care today (Oct. 4, 2016).

“In communities across the country, our pharmacists have become an integral part of the health care landscape and a trusted provider to millions of patients every day,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “Being customer- and patient-led in everything that we do starts with our pharmacists and other clinicians on the frontlines, providing personalized care and service. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to the profession, and to Walgreens customers and the communities we serve.”

Walgreens pharmacists are interacting with and counseling patients in more ways than ever before through greater collaboration with other providers and an expanding scope of services. Walgreens pharmacist-led programs are driving better medication adherence and patient outcomes, and lowering overall health care costs.  Walgreens studies over the past 12 months also continue to demonstrate wider-ranging benefits across the health care spectrum as a result of the work pharmacists do, including fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits.[1][2]

In addition, Walgreens pharmacists are playing an integral role in the ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse, with the ability to dispense the lifesaving opioid antidote naloxone without a prescription at its pharmacies in 20 states.

Walgreens also recognizes its pharmacy technicians, with National Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 18;  and its Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as they are honored during National Physician Assistant Week (Oct. 6-12) and National Nurse Practitioner Week (Nov. 6–12).

“Walgreens Healthcare Clinic and pharmacy team members are the most accessible providers in the community, and providers that our patients know and trust,” Ashworth said.  “As we continue to offer more preventive health care services, work collaboratively with other providers and advocate for all of our clinicians to practice at the top of the licensure and training, we thank our nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacy technicians for delivering extraordinary care and support.”

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Media Relations:

Email: media@walgreens.com
Tel: 847-315-2921

Source: Walgreens

Kum & Go to raise fund to support United Way of Central Iowa this October

WEST DES MOINES, IA, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throughout the month of October, Kum & Go associates will encourage customers to add $1 with each transaction to be donated to United Way of Central Iowa’s annual campaign. Approximately 50 stores in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties will participate. This year’s theme is “& TOGETHER WE DO MORE.”

In addition to the in-store campaign, associates at the Store Support Center headquarters from Kum & Go, Solar Transport and Des Moines Menace Soccer will participate in activities that will raise money the last week of the month, along with pledges for ongoing support via paycheck contributions. Fundraising got an early start mid-September before the University of Iowa vs. Iowa State University football game. Associates could donate funds to be able to wear their school’s gear for the day. $2,075 was raised in 24 hours!

Last year, Kum & Go, together with its customers and associates, generously donated more than $345,000. This year’s goal is $365,000. All of the donations and funds raised will be given to United Way of Central Iowa to support its work to improve community conditions in Education, Income and Health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. The proceeds benefit children, youth and families in Central Iowa. http://www.unitedwaydm.org/

Kum & Go is committed to being a good neighbor and giving back by donating 10% of its profits to the communities it serves.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kristie Bell
Director of Communications
Kum & Go
kristie.bell@kumandgo.com

Source: Kum & Go

American Pharmacists Month: CVS Health celebrates its 30,000 pharmacists this October

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of October’s American Pharmacists Month, CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) is celebrating the important role its nearly 30,000 pharmacists play in helping people on their path to better health. The company’s pharmacists are helping to change the way health care is delivered by increasing access, lowering costs and improving care quality in the company’s retail, mail service and specialty pharmacies across the country.

“Whether providing face-to-face consultations at the pharmacy counter or helping patients with complex conditions manage their specialty medications by phone, our pharmacists are truly the front line of health care,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “Our pharmacists are not only trusted resources for patients, but are also key players in the evolution of CVS Health, delivering innovative products and services and enabling our patients and clients to manage health in more effective and affordable ways.”

Beyond simply filling prescriptions, CVS Health pharmacists are helping the company’s patients manage their health care through a number of programs and services.

  • As medication experts within the broader health care team, CVS Health pharmacists are helping identify potential barriers to medication adherence and offering solutions to help encourage patients to stay adherent. Pharmacists also educate patients about potential side effects and drug interactions and help identify potential gaps in care for those with complex medical conditions.
  • CVS Pharmacy and CVS Specialty pharmacists are working together to provide patients choice and flexibility in how they access their specialty medications and receive expert clinical support through the Specialty Connect program. The partnership gives patients the option to bring their specialty prescriptions to any CVS Pharmacy, while still receiving insurance guidance and dedicated clinical support by phone from a team of specialty pharmacy experts at CVS Specialty.
  • Pharmacists are providing convenient and accessible access to flu shots and other vaccinations at every CVS Pharmacy location nationwide seven days a week with no appointment needed, including evenings and weekends.
  • CVS pharmacists are helping patients understand their prescription insurance coverage options under Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act during open enrollment, which begins on October 15 and November 1, respectively.
  • CVS pharmacists are working to reduce prescription drug abuse through the company’s Pharmacists Teach program. This community outreach program connects pharmacists with high school health classes to share vital information about the dangers of improper drug use. CVS pharmacists have already delivered this program to more than 100,000 students across the country.

In 2016, CVS Health welcomed nearly 6,000 pharmacists from Target to the company. Noted Merlo, “These new colleagues bring a wealth of health care knowledge and expertise to our team and are spearheading our efforts to introduce Target guests to our suite of pharmacy care services and innovative digital pharmacy tools.”

In addition, CVS Health will celebrate National Pharmacy Technician Day on October 18 to recognize the company’s more than 50,000 pharmacy technicians for the valued support they provide to CVS pharmacists and pharmacy teams across the organization.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Newegg celebrates Gametober™ with great deals and exciting sweepstakes this October

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newegg, the top tech-focused e-retailer in North America, is celebrating this year’s Gametober™ with great deals on the latest gaming gear, and a pair of sweepstakes with prizes tailor-made for video game enthusiasts. Each October gamers await the release of new titles and video game accessories as publishers and vendors prepare for the holiday rush. This year, with gaming popularity fueled by the rise of virtual reality (VR) and eSports, Newegg will be the best place to find everything gamers need.

“PC gaming is on the rise this year as VR and Pro gamers take center stage. This Gametober, Newegg will be the place for everyone to join the fun. We have the right equipment at great prices,” said Merle McIntosh, Newegg SVP of Sales & Marketing.

Newegg will kick-off Gametober October 1 with a 72-hour flash sale with deep discounts on video game accessories across all categories, from gaming laptops to components, and everything in between. Also during Gametober, Newegg will partner with some of the biggest names in tech – including Asus, Intel, MSI and Nvidia – to offer exclusive deals.

In addition to great deals on gaming products, customers who shop Gametober will have the opportunity to enter two sweepstakes:

  • Newegg and Intel’s GEARUP4VR Giveaway features a trio of prizes with HTC Vive VR headsets matched with three different VR-ready PCs, including a $5K custom-built ABS gaming PC, an MSI VR-ready laptop, and a budget-friendly ABS VR-ready desktop.
  • The WD Store-N-Go Sweepstakes gives customers the chance to win great prizes, including a 2016 Vespa Primavera 150, an ultimate ABS gaming PC with more than 12TB of WD storage valued at over $5K, and an 8TB WD personal NAS storage system.For more information about Newegg’s Gametober sweepstakes, visit http://www.newegg.com/gametober. And visit www.newegg.com regularly throughout the month of October to stay up to date on Newegg’s Gametober deals and promotions.

About Newegg Inc.
Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. The award-winning website has more than 28 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews. Using the site’s online tech community, customers have the opportunity to interact with other computer, gaming and consumer electronics enthusiasts. Newegg Inc. is headquartered in City of Industry, California. The Newegg Hybrid Centers are located in City of Industry, CA and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Source: Newegg Inc.